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Out of the blue, Blizzard decided to post a not-so-friendly reminder that Diablo III cheaters will be caught and banned, as the studio readies itself to purge the criminal element. That always-online requirement means they're...
Last month, Administrative Judge David Shaw at the US International Trade Commission decided that Xbox had been in violation of four Motorola patents in relation to the H.264 video compression codec technology. He did not hav...
It seems that, in a world populated by very real angels and demons, association with religions revolving around such creatures is frowned upon in Diablo III's world of Sanctuary. When Jon Bloodspray alerted me on Twitter that...
It was more than a little sad to find out that Electronic Arts was locking users out of their Origin games for getting banned on the forums. Thankfully, the account suspension policy has since been tweaked such that those wit...
BioWare is dead serious about upholding its Terms of Services and will bring down the hammer of justice hard should you step out of line. One member (username withheld) of the Star Wars: The Old Republic message board learned...
Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing ...
Epic Games has declared that the Hammerburst and Lancer Avatar props are going to be removed on January 1, 2012, as part of a new anti-gun policy. Microsoft will be barring any Avatar proper that resembles a firearm. Gotta pr...
In news that should shock nobody by now, Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot has been refused classification in Australia, making it illegal to sell in the country. The game's violent content has been cited as the reason, ...
Electronic Arts has been catching heat for its stupid policy that bans customers from their legally bought games if they break rules on the forums. Despite all the bad publicity, however, EA isn't fixing the issue -- it's get...
In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the ...
Battlefield 3 is reportedly banned in Iran, which is hardly surprising because it is Iran. What is surprising, however, is that Electronic Arts thinks the suppression of its product may be a good thing, because it c...
[Update: The story originally stated 16,000 users were banned. That was incorrect and has been fixed. Sorry for the confusion.] The Call of Duty series is beloved by cheaters the world over, but Infinity Ward has no love for ...
A while ago, Electronic Arts landed itself in hot water after locking one of its customers out of Dragon Age II due to a transgression committed on EA's forums. While the situation was eventually resolved, it seems EA never s...
Microsoft has warned that early copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "not authorized" to be played online, and using them before street date could have dire consequences. This includes legally obtained copies bought f...
When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...
Epic Games takes spoilers very seriously, so much so that your actions on Youtube could impact your gaming. According to the studio, it has the power to ban anybody from Gears of War 3 if they're caught posting spoiler videos...
Various Christian law enforcement groups have colluded to express their distaste for upcoming 2K Games sequel, The Darkness II. They'd like to see it go very far away, in fact, for fear that it will make people hate the polic...
Coop Norway has announced that it will bar the sale of 51 game and toy brands following the Oslo massacre perpetrated by murdering idiot Anders Behring Breivik. These include games that Breivik himself praised as trainin...
A satirical iOS game about trucking Mexicans across the US border has been rejected by Apple for being racist. Because of course, when you dare say that some Mexicans are illegal immigrants, you are of course stating that all...
Despite an appeal by Warner Brothers, Mortal Kombat is still going to be unobtainable (at least legally) in Australia when it launches next month.  “We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused cla...
If you ever needed more evidence of how ludicrously some publishers treat PC players, you can stop your search right here. A gamer was recently punished for using "bad language" on BioWare's forums with a ban from Dragon Age ...
This game of one-upmanship between Sony and the PS3 modders is getting seriously heated. Responding to the news that Sony was permabanning modded consoles, a new hack claims to worm into the PSN and allow people to unban them...
Yesterday, Sony warned jailbreakers and cheaters that they had a limited time to remove any unauthorized tools from their consoles before the banhammer would drop. Turns out that time was extremely limited, as the great cull ...
Sony has today released an official statement concerning "unauthorized circumvention" of the PlayStation 3, and promised repercussions of genocidal proportions. According to Sony, you have only a very brief period o...
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has continued its commitment to banning ads for stupid reasons, removing a PlayStation Move ad after a mere eight complaints. The ad promotes The Fight, and has been removed because it...
Time to bust into a celebratory performance of Waltzing Matilda, Australia. It appears that you will finally, finally be getting an adults-only rating for your videogames. This will end years of children being able to get th...
If you choose to wear a Call of Duty: Black Ops logo that shares similarities with a certain equilateral cross that enjoys a certain bond with a certain group of jackbooted individuals, you better not be doing it on Xbox Live...
Game Captain is reporting that the gore-soaked Splatterhouse has been denied classification by the German classification board and, thus, will not be published in Germany. Hard to imagine that what is being marketed as o...
Despite Electronic Arts bowing to the minority and "removing" the Taliban from Medal of Honor, military base stores still plan to boycott the war-themed shooter on the grounds that it would still be disrespectful to sell the ...
When Nick Chester saw this story, he suggested we pre-write and queue up stories for when the United Arab Emirates bans Fallout: New Vegas and Call of Duty: Black Ops as well. To say that the UAE is predictable in its ban-hap...
Halo: Reach launched at 12am this morning, and already the servers are being infested with dirty rotten cheaters. According to Bungie, a relatively small percentage of people bought Reach just so they could break the game and...
Military personnel looking to pick up Medal of Honor this October will have to do so off-site. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services has announced that the game will not be stocked in any on-base GameStop or other post ...
Dear Australia, I am sorry. While North America and Japan revel in the pure joy that is playing Deadly Premonition (from here on referred to as the greatest game ever made) and Europe only has to ring their hands in frustrat...
We've been getting a ton of emails from disgruntled Steam gamers who claim that Valve's Anti Cheat bans have been selecting and booting innocent players over alleged infractions in Modern Warfare 2. The Steam forums are curre...
Sex. Violence. Both those things sell, and they sell well. However, China isn't a big fan of "unwholesome" content, and they also have a problem with online gaming. In order to reduce the issue, they will be instituting a ban...
I'm not even sure that this is a story, but it has two things going for it. The first is that it involves breasts and since we're all prepubescent guys here (and that one lesbian) we care about breasts a lot. The second is th...
Blizzard has eradicated over 320,000 bad apples from Diablo and Warcraft, sending their accounts to the realm of the banned for mischievous cheating. The general message seems to be that if you violate the Terms of ...
A confused mother recently logged into the Xbox.com forums to find out why her son was banned from Xbox Live until the year 9999. Clearly a harsh punishment for any gamer, especially one who has paid for an XBL Gold subscript...
The United Arab Emirates, ever fond of a good bit of censorship, has added Heavy Rain to its long list of banned videogames. The Quantic Dream game, which features sexual content and a storyline revolving around a serial kill...
Sick of the endless stream of mini game shovelware infesting the Wii game library? According to reports, you're not the only one. Both Best Buy and Target allegedly share your views, and have grown so tired of cheap waggle cr...